Monday, December 03, 2007

J.H. Rose High School Nails a Murder Mystery

The J.H. Rose High School Rampant Theatrical Company will present “Death of a Doornail,” a classic drawing-room murder mystery by Lee Mueller. The dinner-theater performances are at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the Studio Theatre at J. H. Rose High School, 600 W. Arlington Blvd. Seating is limited, and tickets are available only in advance. All tickets are $15. Call 321-6277 for reservations.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"Getting Murdered In The Morning" at Niagara Falls Grand

At the Queenston Heights Restaurant location adjacent to The Brock Monument

Coming This October-November-December 2007

Call to book your date For the Murder Mystery

"I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning"

By Lee Mueller

Directed by Peter Borys

Friday, September 28, 2007

Murder Me Always in Lancaster PA

From Lancaster Online

This weekend, guests can try to solve a crime between courses during "Murder Me Always," a humorously outrageous production with over-the-top predictable characters — but an unpredictable murder.

"It's a campy show. It's fun," explains director Janet (pronounced Janette) Wood, a costumer and drama director at Columbia High School. Wood also directs the scripted Ghosts of Columbia Tour.

"You don't want to sit down to something heavy at dinner. This is light. The script's a hoot. We're not talking Shakespeare here, but we laughed ourselves silly our first read-through."

The show is a play within a play, Wood says, full of what she calls "stock characters."

"The self-involved ingenue, the gum-chewing femme fatale with no brain, the pompous host... It's classic," she says.

The play within the play runs into all kinds of glitches, but the showstopper is MURDER.

Motives are everywhere of course, but what about opportunity and weapon?

"The audience is invited to help solve the murder. There's a point in the play where people have the chance to question suspects and gather clues," Wood explains. But there's no pressure to participate if you don't want to, she assures.

Prizes will be awarded for correct guesses, however, so be sure to be alert during the production.

"Murder Me Always" will be staged in the lower level of one of Columbia's most recognizable buildings. In its long history, (it was built in the mid 1800s) 200 Locust Street has served in various capacities — as a shoe factory, saloon, church, pharmacy, post office, school, Civil War hospital and more.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vested Theatre Company invests in Murder Me Always

from The News-Enterprise

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Vested Theatre Company is making a return to The Mulberry this weekend and are lightening things up after producing “Extremities.”
The group, including 11 cast members, will perform “Murder Me Always,” a murder-mystery by Lee Mueller for dinner theater at 8 p.m. today and Saturday.

Don Vest, owner of the company, said he has done murder-mysteries before, but none like this. “It’s a play within a play— people will imagine they have been invited as dinner guests,” he said.

After everyone has been served for dinner, the show will begin. It will include improvisation and audience participation, guessing who the murderer is.

The show is appropriate for all ages, though Vest said there may be some questionable language “every now and then.”

Tickets for the show are $25, and $20 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for more information call Vickie Grimes at The Mulberry at (270) 300-1743.

Friday, July 20, 2007

"Murder Me Always" playing Off Off Broadway!

About a month ago, Reality Aside Theatre did my play "Murder Me Always" at the Laugh Factory on 42nd Street in New York. Apparently, it went quite well because it's playing again for an open run. Here are the details:

by Lee Mueller
an interactive whodunit, and the first in our Midtown Murders series

Every Thu & Sun: 8:30pm
Every Fri & Sat: 9:30pm

$20 plus a two-drink minimum (food is also available)
For reservations:
or call: (646) 269-9941

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Murder Me Always" in Bath, UK

Core Theatre Productions present "Murder Me Always" at the historic Mission Theatre on Corn Street in Bath. June 20th - June 23rd.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

All College Theatre kills with "Getting Murdered in the Morning"

ACT Murder Mystery knocks 'em dead
by Lindsey Borda of The Signal

Students at the College enjoyed a night of drama, mystery and fun at All College Theatre's (ACT) fifth annual Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner, titled "I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning." The show was presented in the Cromwell Main Lounge on Friday and Saturday evening. This year's Murder Mystery Dinner was written by Lee Mueller.

The action follows the reception of newlyweds Edward Crock and Brenda Anne Marie, played by Craig Hinners, sophomore interactive multimedia major, and Ashley Kipness, senior psychology major. Their wedding reception is interrupted by the murder of an uninvited guest, and the characters and audience members must work together to uncover the identity of the murderer.

The Murder Mystery Dinner is an unusual type of drama because the characters are allowed to interact with the audience. The audience can play a role in the action by guessing the murderer's identity."It really breaks down the wall between the actors and the audience," Susan Pedersen, a sophomore English major who played the DJ, said. "Instead of pretending no one is watching us, the Murder Mystery players thrive on audience participation and feedback."Amanda Ganza, sophomore biology major and the inebriated mother of the bride, shares in Perdersen's outlook."The entire production has such a welcoming atmosphere and it makes the audience feel like they are a part of the show," Ganza said. "A lot of the students come to see their friends and try to get them to break character, and it is fun to be able to ask the actors questions and venture a guess as to who committed the murder."Another aspect to the Murder Mystery Dinner is that every character is important, from the biggest roles to a member of the ensemble. This is due to the fact that every cast member interacts with the audience and everyone in the play is a suspect in the murder investigation. "Playing my character is a lot of fun," cast member Lemor Bar-or, junior elementary education/sociology major, said. "Although it is not a principal role, it is somewhat integral to the plotline and it also gives the audience one more reason to question their response as to who is the murderer."

Friday, February 23, 2007

"Death of a Doornail" plays Cleveland, Tennessee

The Starr Mountain Civitan Club of Etowah will present the Gem Players in “Death of a Doornail,” a mystery dinner theater event on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the historic L&N Depot in Etowah.
Tickets ($20) include dinner catered by The Farmhouse and the play.
Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased by calling First Volunteer Bank at 423-263-3900 or the Gem Players office at 423-263-3270.
“Death of a Doornail” has eccentric millionaire, Albert Doornale inviting all of his close friends to his estate, including his ex-wife Abigail, his current fiancĂ© Candy Bombay. Then murder ...
The play is being sponsored by the Starr Mountain Civitan Club as a fund raising event.
The proceeds will benefit the many community service projects the club sponsors.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Yucaipa High School is "Getting Murdered In the Morning"

Yucaipa High School presents Murder Mystery Night Special

Enjoy an evening of delights with dinner and a show in the Yucaipa High School Multipurpose Room on Friday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The play, “I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning,” is directed by YHS senior Ulises Espinoza and assisted by senior Brooke Borrowman.

The setting of the story is a big wedding; you are seated in an elegant ballroom.

The entertainment is produced by private D.J. Lindsey Martin and the talented crew of waiters.

You can buy your tickets online a www.yucaipahigh.com Tickets are $12 each, which includes dinner and dessert.

The reception begins at 7 p.m. You will be treated to a dinner catered by Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call 797-0106.